The Wild Northern have been called everything from neo-hippy, indie rock Springsteen, to 'something like those cool worship bands from teen christian conventions', but above all, TWN is shamelessly self-gratifying rock and roll. Simply put - we love telling stories and making people move.
The Wild Northern began as a four-piece indie rock group comprised of members Brian Gallagher (Lead Guitar & Vox), Jim Abdon (Bass), Andy Guerini (Drums) hailing from Boston, MA and Roland Eckstein (Lead Vox & Guitar) from New York City. While some might view this as an insurmountable divide, TWN has opted to take advantage of it, becoming Greyhound Busline's most valued customers and has established themselves amongst two incredibly active and supportive home fan-bases and in two of the most dynamic and exciting music scenes in the world.
Having grown up in New Jersey, Eckstein's writing style is heavily influenced by that of Springsteen and the sounds of the Jersey Shore, where he cut his teeth as the house band at the Stone Pony, in the local Jersey group The Rum Runners. He and Gallagher finished out college in the town's premiere bar band, working in original material and soon looked to add Guerini and Abdon to the fold in order to realize the full potential of their sound.
In the months leading up to the release of their debut album, the band added a fifth member in Jim "Big Cat" Fitzgerald. A multi-talented Banjo player/Guitarist, Jim adds versatility and altitude to the group, bringing out the folk roots that Eckstein and Gallagher grew up with. [+]